The Word for April 6: Will

will worship wordThis week Steve helps us think about the word WILL from Matthew 6:5-13. Jesus says, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord’, will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only one who does the WILL of my Father in heaven.” Then he tells the story of the wise and foolish builders. The wise man built his house on a rock. The foolish man built his house on sand. When rain and floods came, the house built on sand fell, but the house built on the rock stood strong. Jesus says that those who hear his words and act on them will be like the wise builder. Here are some ideas to explore with your child before, during, and after worship.


During worship

  • Have your child draw the two different kinds of houses described in the gospel lesson: a house built on a rock, and a house built on sand. A second drawing might show what happens to the houses during a storm.
  • In the worship bags, you will find a Worship Word sheet for your child to use. Fill in the worship word at the top (will) and add the date and your child’s name. Below is space for your child to draw something he or she hears today in the sermon, in the music, or in a prayer.
  • Below the drawing space, your child is invited to make tally marks every time they hear the word “will.” tally marks
  • On the back is a blank page for your child to make some worship art. Encourage them to draw something related to worship as a gift to God.

Before or after worship…..

  • Jesus is telling his disciples and others to listen to all his teaching about the will of God, and act on it. For the past 9 weeks we’ve explored worship words from the Sermon on the Mount. What have you and your child learned about the will of God from the worship words and the sermons? Look back at the entries for the following words together. What is the WILL of God about these words? What does God want us to know and do about: Kingdom, Salt, Law, Give, Pray, Treasures, Master, Worry, Hypocrite?
  • Enjoy this animated version of the wise and foolish builders:
  • Here’s another Lego version. Can your child use Legos or other building materials to do the same?

We are making our way further into Lent, and Easter is coming! As you prepare to celebrate as a family, include time to talk together about the Holy Week stories that come before the Resurrection. Here are some ways the church would like to help you with that.

  1. Bring your child to Sunday School next Sunday, April 13th. Our 3rd, 4th and 5th grade classes are preparing Bible stories to act out for younger classes. Three year olds through 2nd graders will begin in their regular Sunday School rooms, then rotate through older classrooms as they hear some of the stories of Holy Week. We hope your child can join us!
  2. Plan to visit our Family Prayer Stations on Good Friday (April 18th), all day and evening, in the parlor. This is a time for parent and child together to see and hear and interact with the stories of Jesus during his last week, and prepare for Easter.

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